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Spitfire Audio releases BML Bones Vol 1 for Kontakt

Spitfire Audio Bones

Spitfire Audio has announced the release of Bones Vol 1, a new British Modular Library series instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

BONES VOLUME 1, Features two sections; Tenor Trombones and Bass Bones both a2 (in future volumes you’ll get soloists, giving you 3 totally different players of each size on different instruments in different positions when played tutti) played by some of the greatest players on the planet today and recorded at Air Studios, London. Deeply sampled with an essential set of articulations, the most comprehensive set of mic positions all ingeniously scripted for an “it just plays out of the box experience”.

Composers have been travelling the world to come and record in London for many years now, our strings are formidable, alongside our woodwinds and brass. But the bones, well they’re just the backbone of any self respecting brass section! Maybe it’s the colliery tradition, the numerous symphony and chamber orchestras, the three major opera houses, several world class concert halls and 80+ theatre pits and buzzing film business in London alone. It leaves our brass players a cut above the rest of the world.

Bones Volume 1 also features many scripting and sampling innovations developed when producing our seminal Sable and Mural strings ranges and comes with the full feature set and intuitive GUI developed for the whole of the BML range. As you would expect with BML, Bones will feature a comprehensive selection of microphone perspectives and labour saving Jake Jackson mixes. Bones also has some additional expression features including intensity, tightness and control of release triggers to give even more human elements and a further ability to tweak.

The library costs £279 GBP. An introductory discount of 20% is available until March 18th, 2014.

More information: Spitfire Audio / Bones Vol 1

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Spitfire releases Andy Findon – Kit Bag sample library

Spitfire Andy Findon Kit Bag

Spitfire Audio has launched Andy Findon – Kit Bag, a new Producer’s Portfolio series sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt by Andy Findon.

Andy’s Kit Bag is an introduction to the marvelous world of Andy and his amazing collection of ethnic flutes and other woodwinds. 5 new deep sampled esoteric instruments IN ONE PACK. Recorded “The Spitfire Way” in our new facility in King’s Cross central London, with mixable selection of the finest valve, ribbon and perspective mics, via world-class Neve pre-amps and Cranesong A/D converters.

Each instrument contains essential articulations that best characterise both instrument and player alongside some incredible “artisan” articulations that bring Andy’s flutes to life whilst still obeying the direction of your composition. Andy’s Kit Bag is ingeniously scripted to spring to life straight out of the box. For ease of use, and alongside standard articulation switching, are beautifully designed “performance patches” that respond intelligently to the way you play.

Included in this collection are 5 of his most requested gems from his endless collection of curiosities: Fujara, Ocarina, Chinese Bamboo Flute, the haunting Contrabass Flute and a simply spectacular Shakuhachi.

The library is available to purchase for the introductory price of £75 GBP until February 28th, 2014 (25% off RRP £99 GBP). Requires full version of Kontakt 4.2.4 or higher.

More information: Spitfire Audio / Andy Findon – Kit Bag

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Spitfire releases Ricotti Glockenspiel & Crotales for Kontakt

Frank Ricotti Glockenspiel

Spitfire Audio has announced the release of Frank Ricotti Glockenspiel and Frank Ricotti Crotales, two virtual instrument libraries for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Engineered by Toby Warren at Air-Edel Studios, a classic and infamous studio in central London used by an extraordinary mix of people from Nick Cave (Proposition) to Beyonce, to Tinie Tempah. Spitfire has recorded a pristinely maintained Glockenspiel deeply with a number of beaters, techniques and from a number of perspectives. With the recent folk renaissance, the glock has become one of the most popular tuned percussion instruments of recent times. These little beauties are not easy to record well, nor make truly convincing. Spitfire has a decade of experience making the best, most realistic virtual instruments on the market today. By engineering chaos into the selection of sounds and by using the finest ribbon and valve mics with incredible signal paths Spitfire has created the definitive article, so if your favoured Glock is sounding a little worn Spitfire is always a good bet!

Frank Ricotti Crotales

Crotales are small bronze disks, almost thick cymbals arranged in a piano keyboard style layout to produce chromatic pitches. They are one of the brightest tuned percussion instruments and similar to a piccolo, will cut through even the biggest orchestral dirges. With the producer range however we like to introduce music makers of all persuasions to try instruments they may never have heard of. So alongside the bright and brash elements of this library you can also find moments of magical beauty. A great instrument that can create the feeling of a bright celeste coupled with a triangle but with none of the pre-conceived ideas of either of those instruments, ie Celeste = Harry Potter.

Again engineered by Toby Warren at Air-Edel Studios, a classic and pristinely maintained vintage studio in London’s west-end, Spitfire has recorded a pristinely maintained set of world-class Crotales sampled deeply with a number of beaters, techniques (including a bowed patch which is going to get tongues wagging!) and from a number of perspectives.

For the first two weeks, the Ricotti Glockenspiel and Crotales libraries are available to purchase for the introductory prices of £39 GBP and £31 GBP, repectively (regular £52 GBP and £42 GBP).
Both libraries require a full version of Kontakt 4.2.4 or higher.

More information: Spitfire Audio

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Spitfire releases Mural Symphonic Strings Vol 1 for Kontakt

Spitfire Audio Mural

Spitfire Audio has launched Mural Symphonic Strings Vol 1, a new British Modular Range series sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

After the masterful simplicity of the Albion – epic ‘out-of-the-box’ orchestral ensembles and the finely crafted detail and beauty of the Sable chamber string range, Spitfire at last are creating the ultimate symphonic-sized detailed string collection as part of their comprehensive British Modular Range. Spitfire’s long term project to create the greatest sounding, deepest sampled and ultimately future proofed living orchestral virtual instruments collection on the planet today.

Mural offers a grand 60 piece string band (16, 14, 12, 10, 8) but is recorded and performed in such a way as to provide you with ultimate detail. It is not an epic dirgy sludge of trailer-making strings. It is pure in its detail and beauty and is designed to encourage and inspire you to write better orchestral music for your canon.

The library is available to purchase with an introductory 15% discount off the regular price of £399 GBP for the first two weeks.

More information: Spitfire Audio / Mural Symphonic Strings Vol 1

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Spitfire releases Inder Goldfinger Percussion & Scraped Percussion

Inder Goldfinger Percussion

Spitfire has announced the release of Inder Goldfinger Percussion and Scraped Percussion, two sample libraries for Native Instruments Kontakt.

We have not set out to create a definitive ‘world’ collection here, we have simply aimed to capture Inder, his personality, his style of playing and the wonderful collection of instruments he uses as part of his armoury. We don’t dare mention terms like ‘world’ or ‘ethnic’ within the concept of this library because it is neither, and for it to be constrained to such genres would be a massive failure of intention on our part. This is the heritage, experience and invention of one man living and working in the melting pot that is the United Kingdom.

The library centres around Inder’s primary instrument, the Tabla, but extends way beyond that in a comprehensive collection of ** drums, cymbals, and other instruments. Also featured in this library are Inder’s extensive experiments using water to change the timbre, pitch and morph the sounds whilst playing (recorded with submerged water mics specially hired-in for the occasion!).

The Inder Goldfinger Percussion library is available to purchase for the introductory price of £99 GBP until February 1st, 2014 (regular £132 GBP). Requires full version of Kontakt 4.2.4 or higher.

Scraped Percussion is a library by Paul Clarvis, featuring a selection of bowable, rubbed and scraped delights to add extraordinary, other worldy textures, flavours and colours to your music.

Scraped Percussion

From some glorious cymbals to the teeth shattering polystyrene cup. This is a definitive range of percussion played in ways the makers never had in mind! Performed by Paul Clarvis, one of the true session greats in London. This selection is made up from his experience being asked frequently by top-end A-list film composers and artists what they would like to add that extra “edge” and contemporary sonic architecture to their scores.

Combined with the majesty of the hall at Air, that signal chain, that 2” tape, Jake Jackson’s mastery of the room and the mixes, and a beautifully programmed instrument that “just works”, we’re sure you’ll agree you’ve just laid your hands on something truly special.

Scraped Percussion is available for the introductory price of £40 GBP until February 1st, 2014 (regular £55 GBP).

More information: Spitfire Audio

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Spitfire releases BML Flute Consort Vol 1 + Six new LABS instruments

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Spitfire Flute Consort Vol 1

Spitfire Audio has announced the release of Flute Consort Vol 1, a new British Modular Library series instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt.

London woodwind players are considered amongst the best in the world. Where film music sessions are concerned it could be argued that you wouldn’t want to go anywhere else. Woodwinds are so expressive they can be a pain to sample. So our belief is to start with the best and then work as hard as we can to honour the talent we have captured.
The Flute Consort features three of the finest players in London today one recorded solo, two recorded in unison. They are seated exactly in situ so combine the a2 patches with the solo ones for a slightly larger section whilst maintaining spectral integrity. Volume one features a selection of the most commonly asked for articulations presented with a simple, out of the box ease of use and the BML UI, learn one Spitfire GUI, learn them all.

Combined with the majesty of the hall at Air, that signal chain, that 2” tape, Jake Jackson’s mastery of the room and the mixes, and a beautifully programmed instrument that “just works”, once you try this we’re sure you’ll agree you’ve just laid your hands on something truly special.

The library is available to purchase for the introductory price of £149 GBP until January 2nd, 2014 (RRP £199 GBP).

Spitfire has also launched 6 new Spitfire Labs instruments.

In our continued efforts to democratise the world of sampling, we are releasing a further 6 instruments from Christian and Paul’s secret stash! Having updated the livery of all of the labs range, we are also pleased to announce that this season’s range features the artwork of Peter Buwert, a fantastic artist and designer.

The new Labs instruments are free to existing Labs members (donation to UNICEF required).

More information: Spitfire Audio / Flute Consort Vol 1

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Spitfire releases Felt Piano for Kontakt + 4 new LABS instruments

Spitfire Audio Felt Piano

Spitfire Audio has announced the release of Felt Piano, a virtual piano instrument performed by Mercury Award nominee Gwilym Simcock.

By popular demand, Spitfire are delighted to release a full featured felt piano – after the huge success of our soft piano in the LABS range.

Why be a jack of all trades when you can be a master of one? We have searched high and low for the most beautiful, sensitive and honest soft piano sound. Perfect for those delicate ballads or that intimate heart rending cue.

While experimenting a few years ago we discovered the beautiful world of the upright piano played softly with the middle “practice felt” or “celeste” pedal engaged. Unsophisticated, yet gentle and touching, we have found the ideal instrument, and asked our friend, and Mercury nominee, Gwilym Simcock to perform.

Recorded via a number of rarefied microphones and perspectives, into Neve pre-amps, giving you the maximum flexibility to tailor the sound to your application.

The Felt Piano for Kontakt (full version 4.2.4 or higher) is available to purchase for the introductory price of £59 GBP (regular £79 GBP). Subject to VAT in the EU.

Spitfire has also announced four new LABS instruments: Bell Tree, Mini Pan, Kalimba, and Crumhorn.

Spitfire Audio LABS instruments

In our continued efforts to democratise the world of sampling, to spread the ‘Spitfire word’ and to continue to raise money for a noble cause, Paul and Christian are once again opening their personal jewel boxes for everyone to enjoy.

Between now and Christmas we will release as many of these little gems as we can! Having updated the livery of all of the labs range, we are also pleased to announce that this season’s range features the artwork of Peter Buwert, a fantastic artist and designer.

The instruments are available to download free of charge for existing Spitfire Laboratories members.

More information: Spitfire Audio

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Spitfire launches Producer Portfolio series of Kontakt libraries

Spitfire Audio has announced the launch of its new Producer Portfolio range of sound libraries.

With Spitfire’s existing orchestral and definitive ranges, we’re very proud of the “impression” that the hall at Air studios gives, but it’s not right for every application.

With this new range, we have recorded in smaller spaces, close, mid range and room perspectives with carefully positioned, fine, ‘A class’ mics and pres to give you the raw materials you need to make these sounds your own, and at an affordable price.

Spitfire Producer Portfolio

Producer Portfolio features

  • Analogue Foundry #1 Pylons – A definitive collection of phrases, squeaks, bleeps, hits and FX from their enormous selection of classic vintage synths.
  • Kitchenware #1 – Metal – Sampled from 12 specially selected (with a variety of both simple and complex harmonic sonority) bowls, jugs and cups, this new sound-set will provide you with hours of inspiration.
  • Frank Ricotti – Marimba – Ricotti Marimba features 7.6 GB of compressed content from over 11,700 samples, over 24.5 GB samples in WAV format (this losslessly compresses very efficiently in Kontakt!)

The libraries are available to purchase at a 20% introductory discount until December 4th, 2013. Requires Kontakt 4.2.4 or higher, full version.

More information: Spitfire Audio / Producer Portfolio

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